Assistive Technology Options for Students with Disabilities at NDSU
Disability Services (DS) offers specific software programs and assistive technology designed to help meet the individual needs of students with disabilities. Assistive technology (A.T.) is used by individuals in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. The technology can include devices such as hardware or software designed to assist students in accessing computers or other information technologies.
Offering various technology and software provides students with tools to allow greater independence in their learning and maximizes physical or learning strengths while minimizing individual challenges. DS encourages NDSU students with disabilities to utilize the lab to study, complete homework, and to learn more about the various technologies available.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Assistive Technology Lab?
The Assistive Technology (A.T.) lab is a computer lab where three Dell workstations are located. NDSU's Disability Services program, in partnership with Information Technology/Technology Learning & Media Center staff, oversees the lab and students have access to specific technology in this distraction reduced area. Additional highlights of the lab include: headphones with a microphone, scanners and the computers are networked to TLMC computer cluster.
Where is the A.T. Lab located?
The lab is located in the Quentin Burdick Building (formerly IACC), Room 150E.
How do individuals request access to the A.T. lab?
Card access is required to use the A.T. lab. To make a request, please send an email firstname.lastname@example.org
What are the Assistive Technology Lab Hours?
The lab is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
What software is available in the A.T. Lab?
In addition to having access to NDSU's wide range of software, including Microsoft Office, students have access to the following programs:
Dragon Naturally Speaking 13.0 - a speech-to-text program
Dragon recognizes what you say and how you say it so you can turn talk into text and use your voice to command the PC and applications. Say words and they appear on your screen. Use your favorite applications to dictate documents, send email, or search the web. Speak simple voice commands into a headset/microphone to launch applications. (This program requires additional training for the computer to recognize your voice.)
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Jaws 16.0 for Windows
Screen reading software developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content. JAWS reads aloud what's on the PC screen.
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Read & Write
An easy-to-use computer program designed to help improve reading fluency and comprehension. This software includes numerous tools to help facilitate improved research, writing, studying, and test-taking skills. Read & Write is available as a free PC and MAC download to NDSU students, staff or faculty. To learn more about the program and to download Read & Write, please visit the Information Technology Services webpage.
For more information on each of the Read & Write tools, please visit Texthelp's webpage.
The ReadWrite program is designed to help individuals of all ages, abilities and learning styles, with tools including:
Phonetic spell checker
Vocabulary list builder
Is there any additional software or technology I can borrow?
NDSU students with disabilities can borrow or use a handful of items from Disability Services:
Take the stress out of taking lecture notes with an Echo smartpen from Livescribe. Record everything you hear, say and write, while linking your audio recordings to your notes. Quickly replay audio from your Livescribe notebook paper, with a simple tap on your handwritten notes, or transfer notes and audio to your computer for fast, easy access to what's important.
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For more information, please go to the Livescribe webpage.
Livescribe Smartpens and accessories are also sold at the NDSU Bookstore.
Frequency Modulation (FM) Amplification System is a personal amplification system designed for use by individuals who are hard of hearing. The system can be used in group settings such as a classroom, where it maximizes a student's ability to hear and ensures that the speaker's message is heard. FM Systems are wireless assistive hearing devices that enhance the use of hearing aid(s), cochlear implants and also assist people who are hard of hearing, but do not wear hearing aids.
USB Voice Recorder allows users to record audio from lectures and to replay the audio by plugging USB into a computer.
ZoomText ImageReader is a software and camera solution that makes printed text, including books, magazines, and more, accessible to people who are visually impaired. Users can place the printed item underneath the included document camera, snap a picture, and a few seconds later the text appears in large, high-contrast fonts and is read aloud by the computer, in natural-sounding voices. (Video Tutorial)
Additional Assistive Technology Resources:
The University of Washington's DO IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) promotes the use of computer and networking technologies to increase independence, productivity, and participation of college students with disabilities. Information on computer technology and web accessibility can be found at the DO-IT webpage.